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And then… and then… there was TODAY!

Life has a tendency of handing out lemons that I cannot use for lemonade because I want to make the best lemonade and I don’t know how to do that with advice (err, a good recipe). In other words: sometimes it’s a challenge to be optimistic all of the time and this frustrates me. I move 1 step forward then 10 steps back and I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere and then I don’t feel like myself and I’m unhappy and then disappointed… And then… And then… And then I have a day like these last 24 hours.

You see, for the last 3 1/2 weeks I have been looking for a ring that means the world to me. I thought it was taken out of my car when I left the top down and maybe forgot to lock the glovebox… But before I had to tell my family it was gone I had to know I looked EVERYWHERE. And I did. Except for under the couch, which is where I found it. Why was it there? I’m really not sure and that’s not even important anymore because it’s no longer relevant. That success of finding it, though, took a weight off my shoulders and reminded me to persevere until I find the answer… And I did… Just when I was ready to give up. You’d think that would be enough excitement to get me through the month. Nope. That was just the beginning of today (well, yesterday).

After finding the ring, I started browsing Craigslist for potential living situations beginning sometime from two weeks from now to the beginning of December-ish. I responded to a couple of ads and got one reply. The reply was from a girl who lives in a loft downtown (on my bucket list!) but wants to be closer to her work.. And her roommate? A guy I had a few French classes with at KU. Either it’s a small world, I know a lot if people, or it’s Kansas. Regardless of the answer to that, it seems to work out nicely for both of us. We know each other and I get to live downtown for a few months in a loft! #score

And the good day still isn’t done! Then I had an amazing day tweeting and learning at a conference for work today. If you have a twitter account and would like to know more about Social Networks for Non Profits, search #socialirl. I had a blast taking notes on what the speakers were saying via my tweets.

After the conference I had a rather spur of the moment interview for a part-time position at Apple to be in addition to my internship (fingers crossed but no guarantees!) and then got to play soccer mom for a 5 year-old. As I put him to bed he said, “I love you” which means a lot coming from a kid who isn’t even mine! Then his parents came home and opened another door for a potential job. I love the people I work for, wither it’s the kids I watch (and their parents) or my co-workers. People rock!

On TOP of all of this, it was 85 degrees and sunny. What a whirlwind of an amazing day. Sometimes timing and patience is everything because this feeling of making the right decision and letting things happen feels great.

Dr. Seuss

Encounters at a Coffeeshop

As I was sitting outside of a coffeeshop enjoying this amazingly odd 80 degree October afternoon, I happened to overhear a conversation when I came back from the restroom. The 30 year-old woman, who had previously been talking about her recent career and nasty divorce, said, “It was an incredible experience and it makes my resume look amazing”. Woah. Wait just a minute. PAUSE! I chose to go to the bathroom at the wrong time! But have no fear, Cate, who is rarely afraid to approach people, stopped this woman as she was leaving. I wanted to know just what that experience was. What I’m in the middle of trying to figure out is this thing called life. Does anyone really have it figured out? Well, probably not. Regardless, I wanted to know her secret to that amazing experience that boosted her resume. So I asked her.

Instead of her telling me what the secret was, she asked me what I’m doing now and what I want to do. The answer to that is, “Interning at a marketing company, and considering everything from getting a Master’s degree to learning to make coffee in Paris to buying a franchise”. How do I decide? Mr. Marketer next to me coughed Paris under his breath, and she said experience. What I need to do is make a list of everything that is jumping out at me (ie all of the above mentioned), Pro and Con it, and then go fo

r it. Without the experience the franchise is probably not the best idea, and there is always the possibility to get a Master’s degree. There will also always be franchise possibilities, even though I can just see the potential in this one and the reason to act now. But I don’t think I’m quite there yet.

Of course this is all stuff my friends and family have been telling me for awhile. But sometimes it helps to hear it from a complete stranger who doesn’t know me. I know I’ve written before that advice should be taken with a grain of salt because every experience is different. However, sometimes we hear things we need to hear at that moment because, well, we need to hear them at that moment whether it’s from a successful 30 year-old going through a nasty divorce or a Taylor Swift song. Either way, all advice is encouraged.